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Community Level 5PrincessGem

PrincessGem

Excuse me sir, did you shower today?

Advantageswhen it works, it's fast and efficient

Disadvantagesdelays, crashes, clammy, stuffy and smelly.

"Ahh, The Tube. If you live in London and you don't have a chauffeur driven car, a wage that can pay for billions of taxis or an expense account as long as my arm, you're likely to find yourself clattering along on this thing at some point. It is the fasted and most efficient way to get around London. Most of the time. The tube runs a very comprehensive service throughout Central London, and then spiders out to the suburbs and even into neighbouring ..." Read review
09.04.2004

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Guide to the Tube

Advantagesquick and easy, fun.

Disadvantagescan be delays, weird station names, can get crowded.

"...have as much chance of getting a chocolate bar from the platform vending machines OR as your change back as winning the Lotto. It isn’t advised to eat strong smelling foods on the tube, as you will stink the carriage out! Toilets: There are no underground toilets. Some of the bigger stations have toilets and most of them are clean due to you having to pay a small sum, say 20 pence to use the facilities. Accessibility: If you have accessibility ..." Read review
31.05.2004

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Community Level 5CherryBlos...

CherryBlossom

I could have been famous

AdvantagesQuick and convenient way of travelling through London

DisadvantagesThe trains are often dirty and can get very hot and are jam packed during peak hours

"...and have a chance of getting on the next arriving train, the platform edge can quickly become dangerously close. Why do people have to push like that? Have they no sense at all? Having a position at the front doesn’t necessarily guarantee you a place on the next train though. Oh no. Whether or not you’ll actually get on it will depend largely upon where on the platform you’re positioned and whether or not the carriage doors will ..." Read review
26.07.2002

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Community Level 9LostWitness

LostWitness

UNDER PRESSURE, UNDER LONDON, UNDER GROUND

AdvantagesSee review

DisadvantagesSee review

"...you may ever see so getting drunk is not an option. Don’t be nervous though – millions of people travel on the Tube every day without any problems. ** There is a general etiquette to follow when travelling by Tube which makes life a little easier. When walking along corridors it is expected that passengers stick to the left-hand side – this ensures an even flow of traffic either way. When on escalators, you are requested to stick ..." Read review
04.08.2001

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Community Level 5fromthedar...

fromthedarkside

Number 1 Transport For London

AdvantagesFast, Cheap, Easy, Efficent,

DisadvantagesBusy Times, Can cause problems in the summer due to high temperatures or too much people,

"...thing to a car is getting around London in a tube a.k.a The London Underground!! I usually travel around London in the tube or sometimes using the railway. Which ever one both services are absolutely great. OK, let me start the opinion. I do not want to talk ages about my life. --~What is the tube?~-- The tube is basically a system of transport which runs throughout the outskirts of London. The tube consists of trains which travel to most ..." Read review
01.07.2001

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Community Level 5Miss-D

Miss-D

A frightened rabbits guide

AdvantagesVery fast and efficient

DisadvantagesBit stuffy and not very nice to travle at rush hour!

"If you’re anything like me then you’ll have experienced the frightened rabbit situation when using the London underground, all hustle and bustle and too many people trying to get onto a tube train. I encountered frightened rabbit syndrome when I first travelled the London underground…alone. In the past I’d always needed my hand to be held whilst I’d get lead from one platform to another by my tube-wise friend and I ..." Read review
06.06.2001

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Please Don't Make Me Go DOWN THERE

AdvantagesOne of the most comprehensive metros in the world

DisadvantagesBeing the first means it's now knackered

"...a means to an end, getting very grumpy when it doesn’t work. I just thought I’d put a few bits of trivia together, hopefully to make it all the more bearable, and explain why things are the way they are. London’s Underground lines can really be split into two main types (no, not the ones that work and the ones that don’t). Firstly you have what could be called genuine “tube” lines, the likes of the Piccadilly, ..." Read review
01.09.2001

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Community Level 2mjhenderson

mjhenderson

How to make it easier and safer

Advantagesgreat way to get around London

Disadvantagesall the people

"The tube is a great way to get around London and is generally a safe place, but having been a regular tube user over the past few years I’ve picked up a few ways to make navigating the tube a bit easier and possibly a bit safer. Most importantly always carry your wallet or purse in front of you even when sitting on a tube train, e.g. in an inside front jacket pocket instead of in a bag. Keep your ticket separate from your wallet. If someone ..." Read review
13.06.2001

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Community Level 6coolchanty

coolchanty

Has it's ups and it's downs

Advantagesquick and easy access around London

DisadvantagesCan be too packed and too hot

"Everyone will of heard of the tube, even you Northerners of ciao. The tube network is one of the most popular and regular used services for access around London. As London is such as big community and the roads are always congested it makes sense to use the tube to avoid the congestion in the mornings. The tube is mainly used for people travelling to and from school or work during the week and for shoppers to the capital on the weekends. The ..." Read review
05.04.2002

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Community Level 2charlie25

charlie25

Get money back from your tube delay

AdvantagesFree money

DisadvantagesHave to be delayed for at least 15 minutes

"...I am looking forward to getting £30 off my next travel card (as it stands at the moment). ..." Read review
12.03.2001

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Five simple rules for uing the London Underground

AdvantagesConvenient, fast

DisadvantagesCan be overcrowded and delayed.

"The Tube is a vast network that carries over 9 million people a year from all parts of London to all other parts of London. Fourteen lines in different colours snaking across a map that bears little resemblance to anything other than a somewhat organised plate of spaghetti; hectic, heaving crowds; and inexplicable names. It's the only real way to get around London, though, so here are my five simple rules. 5. "Don't travel during rush hour" Start ..." Read review
26.07.2012

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Community Level 4Guccilady

Guccilady

Ticket without tears

AdvantagesAdvantage of ordering ticket online - numerous, saves time, patience and sanity

Disadvantagesof the tube? Ha! too small a space to answer this.

"For more years than I can remember I have had to trek across London and as bad as the tube is its in general faster than the bus, even if you live on a direct route to your destination it still goes via every road in London to get to its destination. I bought property 7 years ago on the central line as it was the best line and the Northerm was the worst, hmmm...well things change - boy do they!! Now the central line is one of the worst. Anyway ..." Read review
01.09.2001

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Community Level 5Disillusio...

Disillusioned

GETTING AROUND IN LONDON BY TUBE

AdvantagesEnvironmentally-friendly way to get around. Cheap, avoid the traffic. Free Metro newspaper.

DisadvantagesCrowded!

"...if I were you.. Ways of getting in to and around London~~ Whenever I go to London I always go by tube, when I go in with my friends and when I go in with my parents. To me it's the only way to go, I hope this opinion explains why clearly. Going into London by car is not nice, the driver gets stressed with all the traffic and stressed with trying to find a car parking space. And when you do find a space you will be most likely horrified at ..." Read review
30.09.2001

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Community Level 5BennyRialto

BennyRialto

London Blunderground

AdvantagesHaha

DisadvantagesExpensive, delays, old, delays, did I mention delays?

"...dreamy haze, you spot someone getting off the train, freeing up a seat. You manoeuvre slowly towards it, only for some hyperactive bastard boarding the train having spotted the seat from the outside to jump into it as though it were the front of the 'Get Britney's Virginity Here' queue. This is only half the problem, as then you meander around for three seconds looking like a walking advert for Red Nose Day and pretending that you didn't really want ..." Read review
06.12.2000

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Community Level 4tom_knowles

tom_knowles

PURE TRAVEL MADNESS... UPDATED

AdvantagesFree Metro paper.

DisadvantagesHave you not read this man?

"...alighting at). But… all those getting off the train travel up the single person width footbridge… so those needing to get down it to the platform can’t. By the time the gran with the prosthetic leg manages to get onto the correct platform the train has already departed. I have unfortunately been involved in this little sequence of events many a time. Add rush hour, weekends, rude foreigners that don’t seem to realise that in ..." Read review
03.07.2001

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